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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Clinton’s Name to be Placed in Nomination

posted by on August 14 at 9:25 AM

This has been a somewhat below-the-radar issue ever since Hillary Clinton dropped out of the Democratic nomination fight. The question, fueled by her die-hard supporters and encouraged by the candidate herself, was whether Clinton’s delegates would let go and gamely vote for Obama at the convention, or whether they would demand to be given a “catharsis” moment that allowed them to actually vote for Clinton at the convention.

It’s going to be the latter:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name will be placed into nomination at the Democratic National Convention, a symbolic move approved by the Obama campaign in an effort to soothe a lingering rift with Clinton supporters.

This is all going to happen on the third day of the convention, the day before Obama accepts the nomination, and it creates a moment of peril for Obama because it places a lot of power in Clinton’s hands and a lot of faith in the idea that her delegates (and his) will ultimately behave in the party’s best interests.

For Democrats inside the convention center in Denver, as well as the television audience at home, it could create some interesting moments. After the state-by-state roll is tallied, Mrs. Clinton is expected to turn over her cache of delegates to Senator Barack Obama.

Sounds like it could all work out smoothly. But I seem to recall a lot of statements from Clinton about it not being over until it’s really, really, really over…

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That bitch needs to give up the ghost already. She lost. Let. It. Go. It is time for the Democratic party to unite under ONE candidate. If we're bogged down with infighting how can we defeat McCain?

Posted by used to respect Hillary | August 14, 2008 9:39 AM

You know what would be funny? If this is how she gets the nomination! HA HA HA!! Man that would be so fucking funny! And then we can finally have McCain as President and start WWIII!!!!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 14, 2008 10:06 AM

This is really embarrassing.

A good candidate would have had the grace to accept the two speeches for her and her husband and not do the nomination thing, but with her it's all Hubris.

Sad, very sad.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 14, 2008 10:19 AM

Of course her name should be placed for nomination. That's the way it's always been done in conventions: all main candidates get named. Just who do these Obamamians think they are anyway? Socialist assholes.

Posted by raindrop | August 14, 2008 10:20 AM

Now it seems Hillary and her supporters are taking the "Hope" meme for themselves...

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | August 14, 2008 10:30 AM

This will work out perfectly because you can always trust Hillary Clinton. I mean, it's not like she's a proven self-serving liar who would sooner join forces with her truckloads of right-wing extremist friends and destroy the Democratic party than see any other Democrat in the White House. Right? Right?

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 14, 2008 10:33 AM

I used to like the Clintons while always being aware of their shortcomings, but as time goes on, I'm finding myself loathing them more every day...history is NOT going to be kind to them.

Posted by michael strangeways | August 14, 2008 10:34 AM

What’s the betting that the “catharsis” actually consists of continued whining, sabotage, and general stealth support for McCain?

Posted by The Baron | August 14, 2008 10:41 AM

Jebus, the sky is STILL falling on your little fucking heads?! When Obama's president what paranoid conspiracy is gonna keep ya going then? Huh?

Posted by jebus h. xst | August 14, 2008 10:53 AM

I hate to say it, but Raindrop is correct. This isn't a coronation, it's a convention. All of the candidates will and should have their names put into nomination. That's the way conventions have always worked. It's not nefarious; it's respect.

Posted by Fnarf | August 14, 2008 10:53 AM

Take a chill pill. Short of an extreme disaster on Obama's part, he's going to be the nominee.

Once again you all prove that you LOVE TO HATE Hillary more than you support Obama. If you were motivated by anything besides pure misogyny you would focus all that energy on the majority of white men who still aren't supporting Obama, instead of the minuscule number of Clinton die hards. But its so much more fun to hate on your mother, isn't it?

Posted by La Mareada | August 14, 2008 11:01 AM

No one likes a traitor Mareada. The majority of white men supporting McCain weren't ever going to vote for any democrat, the Clinton die hards believe in a democratic party of one. Which candidate has the cult of personality now?

Posted by daniel | August 14, 2008 11:05 AM

d besides, isn't the roll call more fun that way, even with a foregone conclusion? Those old enough to remember the riveting television during the sixties with the anchors in their sky boxes: Huntley, Brinkley, Cronkite, Severied.

It’s also more fun for the winning candidate as well.

Posted by raindrop | August 14, 2008 11:15 AM

Oooh, white men, they're the worst. Except for all the cool liberal ones that you know personally. Most of the white men I know will be voting for Obama.

Posted by Betsy Ross | August 14, 2008 11:25 AM

11, i am so sick of people calling dislike of hrc "misogyny." SICK. OF IT.
we hate her because she is a low down dirty-trickster and and her cynicism ( "i'll win by being repugnican-lite!") and egotism and stridency became just too obvious to bear in this campaign. ok? i'm female, and i don't hate my sex--but she is beyond the pale.

Posted by ellarosa | August 14, 2008 11:37 AM

@14: Might have something to do with the fact that you live in Seattle, and the fact that people are more likely to be friends with people who share the same political views.

Not trying to front, it's just after 2004, I'd hate to see any sense of complacency settling in...

Posted by Ziggity | August 14, 2008 12:25 PM

@16 - I hear you. I'm quite concerned that McCain will win. I think the MSM are decidedly conservative and mostly supporting McCain. Note the word choices in the headlines about McCain, that he "strongly" attacks Obama or "sharply" criticizes him. It's a myth that the MSM love Obama.

Posted by Betsy Ross | August 14, 2008 12:40 PM

HRC is planning an "August surprise." She's gonna get the nomination, by hook or crook.

Posted by dr. doom | August 14, 2008 2:35 PM

Senator Hillary Clinton has earned the right to have her name placed in nomination. It is the norm that candidates who have performed well in the primaries have their name placed in nomination for a roll call vote at the convention. Think Senator Edward Kennedy in 1980. He trailed President Carter by a far greater margin than Senator Clinton trails Senator Obama, and yet he went up against a sitting President. It is also important to remember that the Superdelegates will determine the nominee, as neither Senator Clinton nor Senator Obama secured the necessary pledged delegates to become the presumptive nominee. If the Superdelegates truly do their job as spelled out by the DNC--Superdelegates are a safeguard to guarantee party control over the nomination process: (1) in the event that no one candidate has enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination; (2) to make certain that ideologically extreme candidates, and/or not very experienced candidates are not given the nomination, even though this candidate may have the delegate count needed to become the Democratic Party nominee; (3) in the event of something detrimental to the Democratic Party and/or the general election having occurred during the primaries and/or the convention; and/or (4) to ensure that the nomination goes to the most electable candidate--Clinton could, and in my opinion should, become the nominee. The Democratic Party is not unified and the fault does not lie at the feet of Clinton: Obama has failed to impress the general electorate and has not been able to significantly move ahead of McCain in the polls because he does not have any clear policies and because he has changed his position on a number of key issues.

Posted by Stephen Elliott | August 14, 2008 6:05 PM

Obama has failed to impress the general electorate and has not been able to significantly move ahead of McCain in the polls because he does not have any clear policies and because he has changed his position on a number of key issues.

Yes, but Hillary is SATAN.

Posted by dr. doom | August 14, 2008 9:21 PM

Just as it was impossible for Hillary to have a debate of substance with Obama, it is impossible to have an intelligent discourse with his followers!

Posted by Stephen Elliott | August 14, 2008 11:08 PM

I agree with Stephen Elliott. The Obama cult just can't stand to have Obama's shortcomings pointed out, no matter how true, so then they show how shallow they are by making a shallow statement about Hillary Clinton.

Posted by Yappy | August 15, 2008 2:00 AM

The OLD BOYS CLUB/PARTY BOSSES of the Democratic party fixed the nomitation. They shook down the banking industry and fed the money to Obama.

Posted by Michael | August 19, 2008 4:20 AM

Hillary do not give your delegates to Obama. You earned everyone of them and do not give them away. It is not over until the roll call. Let the process take place the way if suppose to take place. Do not let Dean or anyone else tell you any different. Let the roll call take place and see who the person should be and that should not be Obama. I will not vote for him any way. My vote will be a write in
Peace JOni

Posted by Joni Phillips | August 21, 2008 1:03 PM

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